Mining Engineering Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

Mining is one of the fastest growing sectors in Saskatchewan. In the next 10 years, estimates predict over 15,000 new workers will be needed in the industry—including mining engineering technologists.

Mining engineering technologists work in hard and soft rock mining operations here in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. It’s a well-paying career that can involve surveying, ventilation, ground control, mine planning or supervision. You need to be a team player, good at problem solving, comfortable working with new technology and committed to workplace safety.

Mining Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. In the classroom and in the lab, you’ll learn to apply scientific principles to basic mining engineering situations.

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in:

  • basic geology, geophysics, electricity and instrumentation
  • computer applications in mining
  • fluid mechanics
  • ground control
  • mine hydrology and environmental concerns
  • mine ventilation
  • ore processing and transportation
  • project management
  • safety
  • soil, concrete and shotcrete testing
  • surveying and drafting

Hands-on learning involves everything from computer simulations, to geology and surveying labs, to mechanical and materials testing labs. Second year projects will help you build skills in mine design, blasting and ventilation. You’ll also carry out an applied research project. This emphasis on learning by doing ensures you’re ready to work from day one after graduation.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into a mining engineering technology degree at Cape Breton University, Queen’s University, Memorial University or the University of Saskatchewan.

Bachelor of Applied Management

Ladder your diploma into the Bachelor of Applied Management degree at Saskatchewan Polytechnic with only two years of additional study. Remote classes and part-time options are available.

 

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Mining engineering technologists are prepared to work in both surface and underground mining operations. Saskatchewan mining companies are eager to recruit graduates. You could also work for a testing lab, an engineering consulting firm or a mine equipment company. As you build experience, you could advance into design work, supervision and project management.

Do you need help deciding if these careers could be a good fit for you? Contact Career Counselling Services.

Do you already know this is the program you want to take but need more detailed information or help applying?  Connect with a Recruitment Advisor.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Mining Engineering TechnologistGeological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians (2212)$43,300 - $120,200
Mining Survey TechnologistGeological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians (2212)$43,300 - $120,200

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August
Length:

70 weeks


Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum combined average of 60% in Math A30, B30 and C30

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.



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  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Post-secondary

Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2022/23 Academic Year

Year 1 - $11,280
Year 2 - $7,610

International Students

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CADD 120
Computer Aided Drafting 1
3
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You will develop fundamental computer aided drafting (CAD) skills using industry-standard software. You will construct two-dimensional geometric construction, dimensioning and drawing output.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online
COMP 114
Microsoft Office for Engineering
3
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You will operate Microsoft Office software. You will apply functions in Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project. You will demonstrate PowerPoint presentation skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MINE 110
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MAT 110
Mathematics for Engineering Technologies
4
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You will gain foundational knowledge of mathematical topics applicable to engineering technologies. You will study formula manipulations, factoring of algebraic expressions, geometry and trigonometry, exponents and logarithms, and functions and their graphs. This course is intended to build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to prepare you for studies in calculus.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 100, MAT 101, MAT 110CE, MATH 182, MATH 193
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MINE 106
Mine Safety
3
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You will develop an understanding of common safety systems as well as emergency procedures. Based on provincial and federal mine regulations, your studies will focus on mine safety topics including personal protective equipment and mine safety cultures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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Your orientation will include discussions regarding the role of technicians/technologists in the workplace and society. You will study time management skills, diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability and safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
SRVY 120
Surveying 1
4
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations, traverses and drafting plans.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
TCOM 102
Workplace Communication
3
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You will examine the employability skills required in the workplace. You will discuss the communication process, and practice effective interpersonal communication techniques and conflict resolution. You will use workplace writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COM 160, COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 102CE, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TERR 103
Terrain Evaluation
4
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You will be introduced to physical geology beginning with the study of the origin, composition and characteristics of the major minerals and rock classifications. You will also study geologic processes and the landforms and geologic structures created by these processes. This class will provide you with an opportunity to study map reading and air photo interpretation.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENGM 100
Applied Mechanics
3
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You will learn the basic principles of statics. You will apply statics principles to solve various scenarios.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 110
Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
GEOL 101
Mineralogy and Ore Deposits
3
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You will examine physical and optical properties of minerals and rocks. You will study the processes of ore deposition and practice core logging. You will study mineral commodities.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MAT 111
Calculus for Engineering Technologies
4
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You will gain knowledge of calculus topics applicable to engineering technologies. You will study derivatives, integrals and differential equations, and their applications. This course is intended to further build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to demonstrate the importance of calculus in engineering practices.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 110
Equivalent Course(s): CALC 100, CALC 181, CALC 190, MAT 111CE, MAT 246
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MINE 109
Soils and Concrete
4
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You will evaluate soil properties and discuss methods of ground improvement. You will discuss and practice methods of quality control in aggregate, concrete, grout and shotcrete.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MINE 111
Mining Methods 1
4
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You will become familiar with mining terminology, the mining cycle and mining history. When you complete the course, you will be able to describe different types of underground and surface mining techniques as well as basic mining equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
SRVY 123
Surveying 2
4
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You will focus on topographic surveys using Total Stations with data collection. You will be introduced to survey drawings and maps, contours, profiles and cross sections. You will complete calculations for construction surveys. You will be introduced to survey control using local grids, Universal Transverse Mercater (UTM) coordinate system and the Dominion Land Survey System.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 110, SRVY 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 103
Technical Communication
3
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You will use research skills to find technical information and cite it correctly. You will conduct effective meetings and produce supporting documents. As well, you will discuss technical report purposes and formats, write short technical reports and present technical information.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102 or COM 170
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 103CE, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 105
Survey Camp
4
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Using the knowledge gained in previous surveying and computer aided drafting software courses, you will participate in surveying exercises and perform three projects in the field. In the first project, you will document, design and lay out a section of highway including a horizontal curve. In the second project you will collect closed traverse data and produce the drawing. In the third project, you will use the data collected using Global Positioning System (GPS) survey equipment in the field to produce a topographic map.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 110, SRVY 123
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
CLTR 100
Diversity
3
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You will examine the elements of cultural, gender and disability diversity in Canada and the processes that promote inclusion. You will explore elements of Indigenous culture with a view to understanding both historical elements and contemporary issues in Canada. Your studies will also provide opportunities to participate in various cultural practices.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): CLTR 100CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
STAT 200
Statistics for Technology
2
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You will gain knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques applicable to technologies. You will study descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, the Central Limit Theorem, and linear regression. This course is intended to build problem solving and critical thinking skills, and to demonstrate the importance of statistics in professional practices.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
FMEC 200
Fluid Mechanics
4
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You will assess and utilize fluid properties. You will study static fluid, dynamic fluid and open channel flow. You will analyze pipe networks, classification and select of associated mechanical equipment and the principles of fluid flow measurement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Corequisites(s): FMEC 201
Equivalent Course(s): FMEC 288
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
FMEC 201
Fluid Mechanics Lab
1
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You will practice the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and fluids under static or dynamic conditions in closed conduits and open channels.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Corequisites(s): FMEC 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRND 200
Introduction to Rock Mechanics and Ground Control
3
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You will study methods of ground control and support. You will collect geotechnical data for rock mass and classification systems. Using computer software, you will analyze stability concerns and joint set data.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRND 202
Introduction to Rock Mechanics and Ground Control Lab
1
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You will be introduced to procedures useful in rock mechanics design and utilize lab samples to conduct compressive strength on different type of samples.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 201
Mining Methods 2
4
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You will apply engineering principles to determine appropriate mining methods and operating cycles for various orebodies in underground and surface mining. You will discuss equipment and infrastructures used in mining.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MINE 202
Mine Hydrology
3
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You will be introduced to how water impacts mining operations; specifically, water treatment and water management. Your studies will include environmental issues pertaining to waste and tailings management as well as reclamation processes.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): FMEC 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MINE 203
Mine Blasting
3
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You will study blasting safety, techniques, materials and related environmental issues. You will design blasting layouts for various underground and open pit mines.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 111
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MVNT 200
Mine Ventilation
4
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You will learn the basic theory and concepts of mine ventilation, mine environment and ventilation controls. You will apply ventilation formulas given specific factors. Your studies will include how to deal with confined space safety considerations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 111
Corequisites(s): FMEC 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PROJ 287
Project Management
2
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You will be introduced to project management. You will examine the basic theory of project planning and control, from project initiation to project close out. You will apply research techniques and various tools to practice project management theory in a variety of projects. You will practice skills using project management software.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELEC 217
Basic Electricity
2
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You will be introduced to the fundamentals of direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) measurement, circuitry (including Ohm’s Law, power and series and parallel circuits) and variable frequency drives (VFD’s). A laboratory program is an integral part of this course.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 279
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
GEOL 200
Geophysical Data Collection and Analysis
2
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You will be introduced to geophysics theory, data collection and analysis. You will compare various geophysical techniques.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100, GEOL 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRND 201
Ground Control Design
3
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You will examine mine design using factor of safety, stability charts and other methods. You will examine mine operations and ground support systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRND 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MINE 204
Mine Design and Planning
4
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You will apply your knowledge of mining methods to design mine plans. Using computer software, you will develop and evaluate layouts for various mining methods. You will consider how economics and scheduling impacts your mining plan.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): GRND 200, MINE 201
Corequisites(s): GRND 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MINE 205
Mining Software
3
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You will apply skills acquired in drafting and surveying courses to input data into Deswik and Vulcan software packages. You will construct 3D models of underground drift and ore body.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CADD 120
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MVNT 201
Mine Ventilation Planning and Design
3
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You will apply the theories and concepts of mine ventilation, mine environment and ventilation controls to mine ventilation problem solving and design. You will use ventilation software to validate these theories and concepts.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FMEC 200, MVNT 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PROJ 206
Capstone Project
2
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You will apply the engineering concepts and principles to develop a significant initiative or project. Working individually or in small groups, you will use interpersonal, problem solving, and project management skills to propose, conceptualize, design, and demonstrate an engineering project that is both significant and relevant to your field of practice. You will manage and schedule the project with minimal direction. You will develop a presentation appropriate for an industry client and demonstrate the communication skills necessary to defend the technical specifications and the relevance of project in relation to the initial engineering problem.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online
SRVY 206
Underground Surveying
4
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You will apply the concept of coordinate systems in an underground mine. You will learn the fundamentals of underground surveying skills with the use of survey equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CAMP 105, SRVY 123
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103 or ENGL 101
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

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Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of the Mining Engineering Technology Diploma may be eligible for 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Environmental Studies or Petroleum degree programs
Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report.

College of Engineering

Sask Polytech graduates of this program (graduates from 2017, 2018 and 2019) with minimum overall diploma average of 70%, and meets admission requirements, may be granted block transfer credit of 54 credit units towards BS Engineering - major in Geological Engineering degree for 2020-21 academic year.

Learn more about how Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Saskatchewan expand learning pathways for mining engineering technology students.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC)

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at thet technologist level.  TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.

Professional Registration

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.  As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.).  For more information, visit tpsk.ca.

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